The antique white farmhouse kitchen has become so popular over the recent years that many people think it’s synonymous with “rustic kitchen design.” While I’m a big fan of this aesthetic, by no means are the soft white shaker cabinets your only option when it comes to rustic kitchen cabinets. Today I’d like to offer you this alternative: rustic alder wood kitchen cabinets.

About the Material

Rustic alder wood cabinets have a prominent grain pattern that’s made all the more unique by various “imperfections” like pin holes and knots. In reality, these variations give alder wood its rustic charm—giving a look as if you chopped down a tree outback and built the cabinets yourself.


If you choose rustic alder wood cabinets, it’ll be to show off the natural beauty of the wood. So, no antique white paint. But then the question becomes, “What is the best stain for alder cabinets?”

While the answer really comes down to personal preference, I always gravitate towards a dark brindle stain. I don’t think it’s hard to see why when you look at this Lowenberg kitchen JC Huffman was lucky enough to design. Despite the breathtaking view outside the windows, it’s the rustic alder wood cabinets that take your breath away. Not only is the dark brindle stain stunning on the alder wood, but it also gives just the right amount of contrast to the medium-toned floors.

Add contrast to your rustic alder wood cabinets with a dark stain.


You don’t need to Google “rustic kitchen cabinets near me” to get your hands on some rustic alder kitchen cabinets. Just head on down to your local JC Huffman showroom where our design experts will be happy to help you explore your options. You can also fill out our contact us form.

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